Laying out data, Netflix touts its record on inclusivity
This image released by Netflix shows Phoebe Dynevor, left, and Rege-Jean Page in a scene from "Bridgerton." Netflix films were more likely to have women directing (23.1%), writing (25.2%) or producing (29%) than the top-grossing movies of 2018 and 2019. In Netflix films and series, 31.9% of leads were from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. Latino representational lagged especially, accounting for just 4% of film leads and 1.7% of series leads. LGBTQ leads were featured in only 2.3% of Netflix films and series, though 12% of the U.S. population identifies as LGBTQ.
Netflix to expand production hub in New Mexico
The footprint of the production hub will grow with a private land purchase and a lease involving state trust land. She said the partnership with Netflix should send a signal that New Mexico is the place to be for film and television production. As part of the proposed investment, Netflix has committed to providing training programs in partnership with the New Mexico Film Office, local universities and industry organizations. Since coming to New Mexico in 2018, Netflix said it has spent more than $200 million, used more than 2,000 production vendors and hired more than 1,600 cast and crew members. Netflix is in production in New Mexico on the original films “The Harder They Fall" and “Intrusion" and is expected to soon begin filming “Stranger Things 4" in Albuquerque.
Prince Harry and Meghan sign production deal with Netflix
NEW YORK The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a new home: Netflix. Six months after detangling their work lives from the British royal family, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, have signed a multiyear deal to produce nature series, documentaries and children's programming for the streamer, according to a statement Wednesday. The couple also pledged to promote diversity behind the camera as their production company gets off the ground. She has done some voice work since the couple left the U.K. with baby Archie in search of their financial independence. News of the Sussex production deal comes after Netflix teased the fourth season of the popular drama, scheduled for release Nov. 15.
Netflix promotes content chief to co-CEO; adds 10M new subs
NEW YORK Netflix added a flood of new subscribers amid the coronavirus pandemic and also offered clues to a possible successor for founding CEO Reed Hastings, who on Thursday named the company's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, as co-CEO. This change makes formal what was already informal that Ted and I share the leadership of Netflix, said Hastings in a statement. The company picked up 10.1 million worldwide subscribers during the April-June period, more than triple what it usually adds in that period. The increase announced Thursday with Netflixs second-quarter earnings eclipsed the gain of 8.3 million subscribers projected among analysts polled by FactSet. Netflix ended June with 193 million worldwide subscribers, including 70 million in the U.S. and Canada, its largest geographic market.
'Stranger Things' renewed for fourth season
And we're hoping they'll all be answered in the fourth season of Netflix's hit series "Stranger Things." The streaming service announced the show's return Monday, saying the Duffer Brothers, the creators of the series, have also signed on "to a multi-year film and series overall deal." "We can't wait to see what the Duffer Brothers have in store when they step outside the world of The Upside Down." On the show's fourth season, the only clue the video announcement offers is this: "We are no longer in Hawkins." "Stranger Things" has earned 30 Emmy nominations and won six Emmys.